California state Senator Ed Hernandez is alarmed by how many teenagers have taken up smoking, which is why he has helped to introduce legislation to raise the legal minimum smoking age in the Golden State.
And he’s not the only one. Support for the bill has come from health groups like the California Medical Association and the American Cancer Society and, of course, the American Lung Association.
Of course, this bill is going to get major opposition from the extremely powerful tobacco industry.
“Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at a young age,” explains Hernandez. “We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines while Big Tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will ultimately kill them.”